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What do you do you don't like your results? lower the price?

post #1 of 37
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Help, Why is it that when I do this for fun, it's fun. But do the same thing for someone else, and I stress everyone in my family and myself to the point of throwing my back out! Unbelievable icon_cry.gif

It's like I forget everything I know! I couldn't back out, but what do I do now that my finished product isn't what I had hoped for? Do I give them for free? Do I reduce the price? I HATE giving something when I feel it's going to represent my work and I don't like it!! icon_cry.gif I just finished and have to let them dry before bagging them. Maybe that will dress them up.

I wanted this to be so good and it has fallen so short of that. I'll post the best picture I could take. Please be honest, you can't say anything worst than I've said to myself.

Besides all that, I used Alice Icing, how long will that take to dry? I couldn't even get my icing made without my hands shaking, WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME![/url]
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post #2 of 37
The biggest problem, is you are putting too much pressure on yourself.

When do these have to be done? When did you get the order? Why are you trying for perfection, when perfection can not be achieved? Better yet, why do you think you have to give them for free or very cheap?

Have you done cookies like this before? If not, then you've bitten off more than you can chew, just for the business. If you had very little time to do these, then you should seriously think about doing it again, in such a short amount of time.
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post #3 of 37
Nothing is wrong with you! You are completely normal! And those cookies are adorable! The team is going to love them and the parents are all going to be green with envy! The more you do the more confident you'll be and you'll begin to enjoy it as much as doing it for family! Happened to me!
post #4 of 37
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By the way, their suppose to be volleyballs with the girls name and number. I used blue and yellow because that's their colors. I tried one in black and it just looked to plain and "unfestive". If that makes sense.

I think my main problem is getting to "involved" with the projects. I should stop thinking so much and just do. (easier said than done)
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post #5 of 37
hey i feel u i just tried to make a taco shell and i placed the cake inside the shell and the shell broke in half. i used real chips instead. I asked my neighbor her honest opinion and she said it look like an erupted volcano. i wanted to charged $25.00 but i dare not charged that much anymore. well good luck i will keep an eye on this post to see what kinda of answer you get maybe it will help me out some. good luck.

for what i see the cookies look nice
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post #6 of 37
yeah, there you said it...

Thinking too much will always be a downfall.

Don't think, do.
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post #7 of 37
No way, do not lower you're price!!! You don't need to explain that they are volleyballs - I knew right off the bat what they were! They look great. Stop doubting yourself, you're done! Go watch the Olympics and let them dry! A little curly ribbon in matching team colors will be all they'll need. I like to add a bow to the box they are being transported in to complete the look!
post #8 of 37
I think they look GREAT !!! thumbs_up.gif You're being too hard on yourself. That's one reason why this site is SO good because it can help people not to be so critical of themselves by getting second and third opinions. Honestly, I think the cookies look really good and that you should charge what you said you were going to charge. Keep trying too because as tastycakes said you will get more confident.
post #9 of 37
Your cookies are very cute. What don't you like about them? I would not lower the price. I'm sure that your customer is going to love them.

I know how you feel about the stressing out when baking for money. I don't make half the mistakes when I'm baking for fun. It will get better, as you get more business and become more comfortable with that end of it. I still fret over whether the person I'm baking for is happy with the apprearance and especially the taste of my finished product.

Wish I could offer you some advise, but I think it is something we all have to work out in our own minds.

Back to the cookies. You are being too hard on yourself and you know that we are all our own worst critics. They are really cute!! I promise!!

Cindy
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post #10 of 37
Cakeman66 wrote:

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Thinking too much will always be a downfall.

Don't think, do.



Yep, gotta find your zen. icon_lol.gif Don't lower the price on those cookies! A little bag for each one and some curly ribbon and they'll look like they came from a boutique. I assume your customer already agreed on a price with you, right? Go for it! If you have some extra cookies and you reeeeaaaallllly feel like making amends for what you perceive as a flaw, give her some extras and tell her she's getting them for free.

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post #11 of 37
Yes I have charged less that price quoted before. I was soooo unhappy with one cake that I wanted to just give it to them, but I had to at least cover my expenses. I got comments later that the cake was adorable and tasted great. "what do they know" IT WAS HORRIBLE>>> at least the decoration was. I didn't even take a picture of it.


Your cookies by the way are really good. I don't see anything wrong with them at all. I knew exactly what they were when I saw them.
post #12 of 37
You are your own worst critic. At least I know that is how I am with myself. We see every flaw that no one else would even notice, especially from those who don't decorate items like that. I think the cookies look great! There's no question what they are and what you were trying to create! Get the full price and don't be so hard on yourself. If you feel like you must do more, add a few extras, but don't cheat yourself for the hard work you've put into this!!
post #13 of 37
Lighten Up Girlfriend! Your cookies are Great! You need a good dose of self-confidence. I checked out your photos, EVERYTHING look great. I say full price, because they are worth it! ( buy the way, I wouldn't say it if it wern't so.)
post #14 of 37
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Thanks guys, your starting to relax me. I think your right, I need to just let them be and let them dry and maybe after not looking at them for a awhile, I'll appreciate them. I just was freaking. GOD I NEED A VACATION! Somewhere sunny!!
post #15 of 37
They're mostly fine. If you have extra cookies and icing already made, maybe redo Brianna and any others where the name didn't fit in the middle frame.
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